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Game of Thrones wraps filming on epic final season battle in Co Antrim

The eyes of Game of Thrones fans around the world are on Northern Ireland as filming for the final series continues - and production on one epic battle has completed in Co Antrim.

Sets in Moneyglass outside Toome and Magheramorne have doubled as Winterfell in recent months, as season eight of the hit HBO series is due to air next year.

Prodcuers have just finished 55 consecutive night shoots to complete the biggest battle in the series yet, which has been described as "something that's never been done before".

Assistant director Jonathan Quinlan recently published a now deleted Instagram post thanking the Game of Throne crew for their hard work.

Fan website Watchers on the Wall managed to get a screen shot of the post before it was taken down.

It read: "This is for the Night Dragons. For enduring 55 straight nights. For enduring the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep s**t of Toome and the winds of Magheramorne.

"When tens of millions of people around the world watch this episode a year from now, they won't know how hard you worked. They won't care how tired you were or how tough it was to do your job in sub-freezing temperatures.

"They'll just understand that they're watching something that's never been done before.

"And that's because of you. Thank you, The Producer Types."

The post was captioned: “Says it all. 55 consecutive nights. 11 weeks. 3 locations. You’ll never again see anything like it.”

Watchers on the Wall states the two and a half months of shooting for the battle is more than double the previous record for a Game of Thrones clash.

Earlier this year, fans were left speculating after footage emerged which appears to show a blaze at the Winterfell set at Moneyglass.

Videos of the blaze left fans wondering what it could mean for the plot which is being kept robustly under wraps.

Meanwhile, HBO bosses have said several main characters will die in the final few episodes of Game of Thrones.

One of the show's stars Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister said the final scenes were "heartbreaking".

Game of Thrones also stars Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams.

Season 8 will air on HBO and Sky Atlantic in 2019.

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